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Easy-to-Build

Full-size Deluxe
Murphy Bed Plan
Build a full-size Deluxe Murphy Bed
complete with decorative molding and
matching side cabinets!

Plans

For more plans, tools and hardware visit rockler.com

What youll find inside:


Elevation drawings
Complete materials list
Step-by-step plans
For use with vertical full-size
Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware Kit (46025)

Front View
10278"

2112"

8578 "

78"

5978"

2034"

Side View

Product

Stock#

Full-size Deluxe Murphy Bed


Hardware Kit, vertical............................................46025
1/4" Black Shelf Pins (16).....................................22781
1/4" Black Shelf Pin Supports (16)........................22872
JIG IT Shelving Jig................................................32991
9/32" Self-centering Bit..........................................34368
Satin Nickel Handles.............................................26114
Satin Nickel Pulls..................................................25318
12" Centerline Lifetime 757 Slides (black)............44664
Veneer Edge Banding (cherry)..............................44027
Drawer Lock Router Bit.........................................22637
Rule Joint Router Bit Set.......................................26318

8578 "

Items used in building the cabinets and products


that can make construction easier.

83"

1434"
1578"

Installation Space Requirements


Be sure you have sufficient space for installation. A
full-size bed will extend about 7' into the room when
open, and the width of the bed cabinet plus the side
cabinets will be about 8' 8".
The unit must sit flush against the wall. If the room has
base molding, you will need to make relief cuts on the
back edges of the Bed Cabinet Verticals and Cabinet
Sides or remove and cut the room molding to fit.

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Bill of Materials - Deluxe Murphy Bed


Pieces

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Pieces

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3/4" x 134" x 5838"

1. Inner Frame Strut Piece

(10) 3/4" x 1 2" x 54 2"

25. Bed Toe Kick Molding

(1)

2. Inner Frame Side

(2)

3/4" x 112" x 75"

26. Vertical Ball Stud Plate

(2)

3. Side Rail (must be plywood)

(2)

3/4" x 5 8" x 76 2"

4. Foot rail

(1)

3/4" x 3" x 56"

5. Head Rail

(1)

3/4" x 778" x 56"

29. Female Metal Pivot (2)

6. Bed Face Panel

(2)

3/4" x 29" x 76 4"

30. Bed Stop (2)

7. Bed Headboard

(1) 3/4" x 15 8" x 58 8"

31. Metal Pivoting Leg (2)

8. Bed Cabinet Vertical

(2) 3/4" x 15 8" x 85 8"

32. Gas Spring (not shown)

(2)

9. Header Board

(1) 3/4" x 14 8" x 58 8"

33. Black Screws

(18)

10. Front Header Rail

(1)

3/4" x 5 4" x 58 8"

34. T-Nuts (16)

11. Rear Header Rail

(1)

3/4" x 5 4" x 58 8"

35. Machine Screws

(16)

12. Header Mounting Cleat

(2)

3/4" x 412" x 1438"

36. Plastic Spacer

(2)

13. Leg Support Rail

(1)

3/4" x 3/4" x 5414"

37. "E" Clip (2)

14. Mattress Support (plywood)

(2)

1/4" x 28" x 75"

15. Faux Headboard End Stile

(2)

16. Faux Headboard Center Stile*

27. Bed Ball Stud Plate (2)


28. Male Metal Pivot (2)

#10 x 3/4"

38. Silver Screws

(12)

#12 x 3/4"

1/4" x 2 2" x 15 8"

39. Leg Support Rail Screws

(2)

1/4" x 212"

(1)

1/4" x 212" x 11"

40. 3/4" Finish Nails or Brads

(1 box)

17. Faux Headboard Rail

(2)

1/4" x 2 2" x 53 8"

41. 1 4" Finish Nails

(1 box)

18. Faux Drawer Front

(4) 1/4" x 6 16" x 28 16"

42. 1 2" Finish Nails

(1 box)

19. Faux Face Panel Stile

(16)

1/4" x 2 2" x 32"

43. 2" Finish Nails

(1 box)

20. Faux Face Panel Rail*

(16)

1/4" x 212" x 938"

44. 114" Coarse Thread Screws

(1 box)

#8 x 114"

21. Bed Top Side Molding*

(2)

3/4" x 514" x 1634"

45. 158" Coarse Thread Screws

(1 box)

#8 x 158"

22. Bed Top Front Molding*

(1)

3/4" x 5 4" x 61 2"

46. 2" Coarse Thread Screws

(1 box)

#8 x 2"

23. Bed Side Crown*

(2)

3/4" x 1 2" x 17 2"

47. Retaining Strap (not shown) (2)

24. Bed Front Crown*

(1) 3/4" x 1 2" x 63 16"

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48. Veneer Edge Banding

(2)

13/16" x 50'

* Lengths are approximate. Rough cut pieces slightly longer and trim or miter to fit on final assembly.

1/4" Solid
cherry

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1/4" Solid cherry


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3/4" Cherry veneer plywood

3/4" Cherry veneer plywood


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3/4" Cherry veneer plywood

3/4" Cherry veneer plywood

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1/4" Cherry veneer plywood

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1/4" Cherry veneer plywood

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3/4" Solid
cherry

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3/4" Solid
cherry

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3/4" Solid
cherry

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3/4" Solid
poplar

3/4" Solid poplar


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3/4" Solid poplar

3/4" Cherry veneer plywood

1/2" Baltic birch plywood

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Cut List - Deluxe Murphy Bed


Pieces

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1 x 2 x 10 Solid Poplar

(5)

3/4" x 112" x 120"

1 x 2 x 8 Solid Poplar

(2)

3/4" x 112" x 96"

1 x 6 x 4 Solid Poplar

(1)

3/4" x 512" x 48"

1 x 4 x 6 Solid Cherry

(1)

3/4" x 312" x 72"

1 x 6 x 8 Solid Cherry

(3)

3/4" x 512" x 96"

1 x 8 x 8 Solid Cherry

(2)

3/4" x 714" x 96"

1/4" x 3 x 8 Solid Cherry

(9)

1/4" x 212" x 96"

1/4" x 8 x 8 Solid Cherry

(2)

1/4" x 714" x 96"

3/4" plywood (Cherry veneer)

(5)

3/4" x 48" x 96"

1/4" plywood (Cherry veneer)

(2)

1/4" x 48" x 96"

1/2" plywood (Baltic birch)

(2)

1/2" x 48" x 48"

Board Layout
The cut list and diagrams on these pages are for both the
Murphy bed cabinet and the side cabinets. They include
items listed in both materials lists.
We used cherry hardwood and cherry veneer plywood,
but you can substitute the species of your choice.


1834"
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Fig. 1 - Inner Bed Frame


Congratulations on the purchase of your Deluxe Murphy
Bed hardware! There are a few important things to keep
in mind as you prepare to build your new Murphy bed.


This plan is for a full-size bed with vertical


Murphy Bed hardware. The mattress can be no
larger than 54" x 75" x 12" and 50-65 pounds.

Be sure you have sufficient space where you


plan to install your Murphy bed unit. A full-size bed
will extend about 7' into the room when open, and
the width of the bed cabinet plus the side cabinets
will be about 8' 8".

Build the Inner Bed Frame


1.




Arrange two Inner Bed Frame Strut Pieces (1) into


an L shape to make the Frame Struts. Make
sure the ends are flush, then drill 1/8" pilot holes
about 8" apart and join the pieces with 158"
Coarse Thread Screws (45). Repeat to make four
other Frame Struts.

The Murphy bed unit must sit flush against the


wall. If the room has base molding, you will need

to make relief cuts on the back edges of the Bed

Cabinet Verticals and Cabinet Sides or remove

and cut the room molding to fit.

2.



Position the Frame Struts between the Inner


Frame Sides (2) 1834" apart. Fig. 1. Drill pilot holes
through the Inner Frame Sides (2) into each end
of the Frame Struts and attach with 2" Coarse
Thread Screws (46).

Install the Pivoting Leg Hardware

Cut all pieces to size before beginning assembly.


Note that lengths cited for pieces marked with
an asterisk (*) are approximate; you should cut
them slightly longer and then trim or miter them to
fit on final assembly.

Read these instructions completely and watch the


video included with your Murphy bed hardware
before beginning assembly. Note that, because of

the addition of the side cabinets, the steps in these


instructions might be in a different order from those
depicted in the video. We recommend following the
order outlined here. Follow all steps carefully.

1.


Mark the radius on the top front edges of both Side


Rails (3) and the locations of the 5/8" and 1/4"
holes on the Side Rails (3) inside faces.
Shop Drawing.

2. Cut the rounded corners with a jigsaw and sand



smooth. Apply Veneer Edge Banding (48) along the

top edges and radiused ends. Trim excess.

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5/8" diameter

212"

1/4" diameter

1/4"
diameter

5/16"

318"

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35

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Install the Ball Stud Plates and Metal Pivots


3. Drill the 5/8" diameter holes 1/2" deep on the

inside faces of the Side Rails (3). Fig. 2.
4.



Position the correct Metal Pivoting Leg (31) for


each Side Rail (3) in place, inserting the pivot in the
hole you just drilled. Make sure the pivot plate is
square to the edges of the Side Rail (3), then mark
the locations of the bottom two screw holes.

5. Remove the Metal Pivoting Leg (31) and drill 1/4"



through holes in the locations you just marked,

using a backer board to avoid tear-out.
6.




From the outside face of each Side Rail (3), insert


a T-nut (34) in each 1/4" hole. Align the Metal
Pivoting Legs (31) plate with the holes and secure
with machine screws (35) threaded into the
T-nuts (34). Drive Black Screws (33) in the
remaining holes in each plate. Fig. 2.

7. Remove the Metal Pivoting Leg (31) hardware



from each Side Rail (3).
8.




Locate the center on each end of the solid-wood


Leg Support Rail (13) by drawing diagonal lines
from corner to corner. Drill a 7/32" hole 112" deep
centered on the mark at each end. Dont attach the
rail to the Metal Pivoting Legs (31) at this time; wait
until the piece has been finished.

1.


Mark and drill 1" diameter through holes for


the Female Metal Pivots (29) toward the back of the
Side Rails (3) as specified on the Shop Drawing.
Use a backer board to avoid tear-out.

2.


On the inside of each Side Rail (3), position a


Female Metal Pivot (29) with the pivot in the 1"
through hole. Use a square to align the plate, then
attach with Silver Screws (38).

3. Mark and drill 1/4" through holes for the Bed Ball

Stud Plates (27) as specified on the Shop Drawing.

Use a backer board to avoid tear-out.
4.



For each Side Rail (3), position a Bed Ball Stud


Plate (27) on the outside face, aligning its holes
with the 1/4" holes in the Side Rail (3). Make sure
theres 5/16" clearance between the bottom of the
ball and the top of the Side Rail (3). Fig. 3.

5.



From the inside face of each Side Rail (3), insert a


T-nut (34) in each hole. Secure the Bed Ball Stud
Plate (27)with Machine Screws (35) threaded into
the T-nuts (34). Drive Black Screws (33) in the Bed
Ball Stud Plates (27) remaining two holes.

Attach Head, Foot and Side Rails to frame

Attach the Face Panels

1. Apply Veneer Edge Banding (48) to the top edges of



the Head Rail (5) and Foot Rail (4). Trim excess.

1.


2.



Position the Foot Rail (4) against the foot end of


the inner frame, making sure that the
bottom edges are aligned and the ends of the
Foot Rail (4) are flush with the Inner Frame
Sides (2). Fig. 4.

3.



Drill five evenly spaced 1/8" pilot holes through


the Inner Frame Struts (1) and into the inside face
of the Foot Rail (4), being careful not to drill all
the way through. Attach with 114" Coarse Thread
Screws (44).

Choose the best face for each Bed Face Panel (6)
and position those faces down. Apply Veneer Edge
Banding (48) to the outside edges and to the edges
that will show at the foot of the bed. Trim excess.

2. Measure 1/4" in from the long edges and draw a



line the full length of the back on each side.
3. Lay the bed frame assembly on the Bed Face
Panels (6) so that the front of the Foot Rail (4) is
flush with the veneered ends of the Bed Face
Panels (6) and the Side Rails (3) are aligned with
the lines you drew in Step 2. Fig. 4.
4. To show where to apply glue, trace pencil lines
along the inside of the Inner Frame Struts (1) and
Sides (2).

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the Head Rail (5).


5.







Position the left and right Side Rails (3) against the
Inner Frame Sides (2) so that the Female Metal
Pivots (29) are on the inside and the Bed Ball Stud
Plates (27) are on the outside. Make sure that the
front, back and bottom edges of the Side Rails (3)
are flush with the frame. From the inside, drill eight
1/8" pilot holes (two between each Frame Strut)
through the frame and into each Side Rail (3).
Attach with 114" Coarse Thread Screws (44). Fig. 4.

6.


Drill two 1/8" pilot holes through the outside face


of each Side Rail (3) into both the Head Rail (5) and
the Foot Rail (4). Attach with 2" Coarse Thread
Screws (46).

5. Remove the bed frame assembly and apply glue to


the Bed Face Panels (6) inside the trace lines you
drew in Step 4.
6.



Reposition the bed frame assembly on the Bed Face


Panels (6), again making sure that the front of the
Foot Rail (4) is flush with the veneered ends of the
Bed Face Panels (6) and the Side Rails (3) are
aligned with the lines you drew in Step 2. Fig. 4.

7. Maintaining alignment, drill a 1/8" pilot hole



through the Inner Frame Strut (1) and into the

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1/4"
Fig. 4 - Attaching the Head, Foot and Side Rails and the Face Panels


left Bed Face Panel (6) at location X, taking care

not to drill all the way through. Secure with a
114" Coarse Thread Screw (44). Fig. 5.

YY

8. Maintaining flush edges, drill another 1/8" pilot


hole through the Inner Frame Strut (1) and into the
left Bed Face Panel at location Y. Secure with a
114" Coarse Thread Screw (44). Fig. 5.
9.





Make sure the Side Rail (3) is aligned with the


line 1/4" in from the outside edges of the Bed
Face Panel (6). If it isnt, hold it in line, then drill
a 1/8" pilot hole at location Z and secure with
a 114" Coarse Thread Screw (44). Check for
squareness again. An out-of-square assembly will
cause major problems in future steps. Fig. 5.

10. Once the assembly is squared, drill 1/8" pilot holes



every 6" through the remaining Inner Frame

Struts (1) and into the Bed Face Panel (6) and

secure with 114" Coarse Thread Screws (44).
11. Repeat Steps 7-10 for the right Bed Face Panel (6).

Z
Z
Fig. 5
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1/8"

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Attach the Faux Fronts

19

1. Carefully flip the bed assembly so that the attached



Bed Face Panels (6) are facing up. Start at a top

corner of the Bed Face Panels (6).
2.


Position one Faux Face Panel Stile (19) in the


corner so its top and outside edges are flush with
the edges of the Bed Face Panel (6). Glue and
secure with 3/4" Finish Nails or Brads (40). Fig. 6.

3.




Position two Faux Face Panel Rails (20) at the top


and bottom of the Faux Face Panel Stile (19) so they
are tight against the Faux Face Panel Stile (19).
Make sure they are at right angles, then secure
with glue and 3/4" Finish Nails or Brads (40).
Fig. 6.

4.


Position and secure another Faux Face Panel


Stile (19) tight against the ends of the Faux Face
Panel Rails (20), creating the appearance of a
frame-and-panel door. Fig. 6.

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5. Working from the outside corners in, repeat Steps


2-4 to install the remaining faux door fronts across
the top and bottom of the Face Panels, with an even
gap between each. The outside pieces should be
flush with the edges of the Bed Face Panels (6).
6. Position and secure the Faux Drawer Fronts (18),

maintaining uniform 1/8" spacing and alignment.

Fig. 7.

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Fig. 7

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Fig. 8

Build the Bed Headboard


1. Apply Veneer Edge Banding (48) to the top

and bottom edges of the Bed Headboard (7).

Trim excess.

2.




Attach the Faux Headboard End Stiles (15), and


Faux Headboard Rails (17) to the face of the Bed
Headboard (7) with glue and 3/4" Finish Nails or
Brads (40). Trim Faux Headboard Center Stile (16)
to fit and secure with glue and 3/4" Finish Nails or
Brads (40). Fig 8.

Prep the Bed Cabinet Verticals

10"

1. Apply Veneer Edge Banding (48) to the front edges



of both Bed Cabinet Verticals (8). Trim excess.
2.


Install the Bed Stops


on the Bed Cabinet Verticals

3134"
434"

1134"
Cut notches
to accommodate
base molding
if necessary
Fig. 9

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If you are cutting notches in the back edges of


the Bed Cabinet Verticals (8) to accommodate
base molding at the installation site, mark and
cut those notches.

1. Make a mark 738" in from the front edge and 9"



down from the top edge on the inside face of each

Bed Cabinet Verticals (8). Fig. 9.
2. Drill a 5/16" diameter hole 1/2" deep centered

on these marks.
3.



On each side, insert the pin on the Bed Stop (30)


into that hole, line up the Bed Stop (30) so that
the flat is parallel to the edge of the Bed Cabinet
Vertical (8) and attach the Bed Stop (30) with a
Black Screw (33).

Install the Ball Stud Plates


on the Bed Cabinet Verticals
1. Make a mark 10" in from the front edge and 3134"

up from the bottom edge on the inside face of each

Bed Cabinet Vertical (8). Fig. 9.
2. Drill a 5/8" diameter hole 1/2" deep centered

on these marks.

1/2"

3. For each of the Vertical Ball Stud Plates (26),



insert the nut on the back side of the plate into the

hole and use a square to align the plate.
4.


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Mark the location of the center screw hole; remove


the Vertical Ball Stud Plate (26) and drill a 1/4"
through hole at this location, using a backer board
to avoid tear-out.

5. From the outside face, insert a T-nut (34) in



the hole.
6.


Realign each Vertical Ball Stud Plate (26) with


the hole and secure with a Machine Screw (35)
threaded into the T-nut (34). Drive Black
Screws (33) into the plates remaining four holes.

Install the Male Metal Pivots


on the Bed Cabinet Verticals
1. Make a mark 434" in from the front edge and 1134"

up from the bottom edge on the inside face of each

Bed Cabinet Vertical (8). Fig. 9.
2. Drill a 5/8" diameter hole 1/2" deep centered on

these marks.
3.



For each Male Male Metal Pivot (28), insert the


short (back) end of the pivot rod into the hole and
use a square to align the plate. Mark the locations
of the upper two screw holes and remove the
Male Metal Pivot (28).

4. Drill 1/4" through holes at these locations,



using a backer board to avoid tear-out.
5. From the outside face, insert T-nuts (34) in

the holes.
6.


Realign the Male Metal Pivot (28) with the holes


and secure with Machine Screws (35) threaded into
the T-nuts (34). Drive Black Screws (33) into the
plates remaining two holes.

Build the Bed Header


1. Apply Veneer Edge Banding (48) to the bottom

edges of the Front Header Rail (10) and Rear

Header Rail (11). Trim excess.

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Fig. 10 - Bed Header


2.


Use 1/2" deep spacer blocks to raise the Header


Board (9) off the work surface. This will provide
the proper positioning for attaching the Front
and Rear Header Rails (10 and 11). Fig. 10.

3.


Run a bead of glue along the front edge of


the Header Board (9). Position the Front Header
Rail (10) so that its ends are flush with the
ends of the Header Board (9).

4. Drill pilot holes through the Front Header Rail (10)



into the Header Board (9). Attach the Front Header

Rail (10) with 2" Finish Nails (43). Fig. 10.
5.


Run a bead of glue along the back edge of


the Header Board (9). Position the Rear Header
Rail (11) so that its ends are flush with
the ends of the Header Board (9).

6. Drill pilot holes through the Rear Header Rail (11)



into the Header Board (9). Attach with 2" Coarse

Thread Screws (46). Fig. 10.
7.




On the top edges of both solid-wood Header


Mounting Cleats (12), drill four evenly spaced 3/8"
diameter holes 3" deep. Switch to a smaller bit
and extend pilot holes through the Header
Mounting Cleats (12) into the Header Board (9),
taking care not to drill all the way through.

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Bill of Materials - Side Cabinets


Pieces

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49. Cabinet Side

(4)

3/4" x 14" x 75"

50. Cabinet Bottom

(2)

3/4" x 14" x 1914"

51. Fixed Shelf

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59. Bottom Side Molding*

(2) 3/4" x 514" x 141316"

60. Bottom Front Molding*

(2)

(2) 3/4" x 1334" x 1914"

61. Side Crown*

(2) 3/4" x 112" x 151116"

52. Front Rail

(2)

62. Front Crown*

(2) 3/4" x 112" x 21916"

53. Cabinet Top

(2) 3/4" x 13 8" x 19 4"

63. Drawer Face

(6)

3/4" x 6" x 1814"

54. Rear Rail

(2)

64. Drawer Front

(6)

1/2" x 5" x 1712"

55. Adjustable Shelf

(4) 3/4" x 1334" x 1814"

65. Drawer Side

(12)

1/2" x 5" x 1178"

56. Cabinet Back

(2) 1/4" x 1914" x 7018"

66. Drawer Back

(6)

1/2" x 5" x 17"

57. Top Side Molding*

(2) 3/4" x 5 4" x 14 16"

67. Drawer Bottom

(6)

1/4" x 1114" x 17"

58. Top Front Molding*

(2)

68. Finish Washers

(8)

3/4" x 4" x 1812"


3

3/4" x 234" x 1812"

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3/4" x 514" x 2034"

* Lengths are approximate. Rough cut pieces slightly longer and trim or miter to fit on final assembly.

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3/4" x 514" x 2034"

8.



Apply glue to the bottom edges of the Header


Mounting Cleats (12), then position them on top of
the Header Board (9) between the Front and Rear
Header Rails (10 and 11) and secure with 2" Coarse
Thread Screws (46).

Note: Remove all hardware from the wooden


compnents to make finishing easier. You might want
to delay finishing until you have built the side cabinets
so you can do all finishing at the same time.

Build the Side Cabinets


1.



Using a dado blade in a table saw or a rabbeting bit


in a router, cut 3/8"W x 1/4"D rabbets on the rear
inside edges of all Cabinet Sides (49) and the top
rear edges of the Cabinet Bottoms (50) to accept
the Cabinet Backs (56).

2.






Using a dado blade in a table saw or a straight bit


in a router with a straight-edge guide, cut a
dado to accept the Cabinet Top (53) across the
inside face of the Cabinet Sides (49). The top of the
dado should be 234" down from the top of the
Cabinet Sides (49). Be sure to match the dado blade
set-up or the bit width to the thickness of the
plywood to avoid unsightly gaps.

3. Cut a dado to accept the Fixed Shelf (51), with the



top of the dado 2412" up from the bottom of the

Cabinet Sides (49).
4. Cut a dado to accept the Cabinet Bottom (50),

with the top of the dado 514" up from the bottom of

the Cabinet Sides (49).
5. If you are cutting notches in the back edges of the

Cabinet Sides (49) to accommodate base molding at

the installation site, mark and cut those notches.
6.






Drill shelf-pin holes on the inside faces of all Cabinet


Sides (49) between the Fixed Shelf (51) and the
Cabinet Top (53) for the Adjustable Shelves (55).
Perfectly aligned sets of holes are needed an equal
distance in from the front and rear inside edges of
both Cabinet Sides. This plan specifies 1/4" shelf
pins with pin sleeves, requiring holes that are 9/32"
in diameter and 3/8" deep.

7. With one Cabinet Side (49) on the work surface,



inside face up, apply glue in the dado for the
Cabinet Top (53). Install the Cabinet Top in the
dado, making sure that it is square to the Cabinet
Side (49) and that its back edge is flush with the
rabbet at the back edge of the Cabinet Side. Slide
the top end of the Cabinet Side (49) off the work
surface and, from underneath, drill and countersink
two pilot holes through the Cabinet Side and into

edge of the Cabinet Top (53). Attach with 158"


Coarse Thread Screws (45). These screws will be
hidden by moldings.
8. Apply glue in the dado and install the Cabinet
Bottom (50), making sure that it is square to the
Cabinet Side (49) and that its front edge is flush
with the front edge of the Cabinet Side (49). Slide
the bottom end of the Cabinet Side off the work
surface and, from underneath, drill and countersink
two pilot holes through the Cabinet Side (49) and
into the edge of the Cabinet Bottom (50). Attach
with 158" Coarse Thread Screws (45). These screws
will be hidden by moldings.
9. Apply glue in the dado and install the Fixed Shelf
(51), making sure that it is square to the Cabinet
Side (49) and that its front edge is flush with the
front edge of the Cabinet Side (49). If the Cabinet
Side will face the Murphy bed cabinet, drill and
countersink pilot holes from underneath and attach
with 158" Coarse Thread Screws (45), as the screws
will be hidden. If the Cabinet Side will face the
outside, use glue only so no screws will show.
10. Apply glue in the dadoes of the other Cabinet

Side (49) and position it on the assembly so that the

Cabinet Top (53), Fixed Shelf (51) and Cabinet

Bottom (50) fit in the dadoes. Make sure each piece

is fully seated in its dado and square to the Cabinet

Side (49), then drill and countersink pilot holes for
the Cabinet Top (53) and Cabinet Bottom (50) and
attach with 158" Coarse Thread Screws (45). If this
Cabinet Side will face the Murphy bed cabinet, drill
and countersink pilot holes for the Fixed Shelf (51)
also and attach with 158" Coarse Thread

Screws (45). Otherwise, use glue only.
11. Turn the cabinet onto its front edges. Apply glue

in the rabbets in the Cabinet Sides (49) and Cabinet

Bottom (50) and across the back edges of the

Cabinet Top (53) and Fixed Shelf (51). Place the

Cabinet Back (56) in the opening, making sure the

correct face will be visible from the front. Secure

one corner with a 3/4" Finish Nail or Brad (40).

Measure the diagonals to ensure the case is square;

make any necessary adjustments and secure the

Cabinet Back (56) in place with 3/4" Finish

Nails or Brads (40) every 6".
12. Using a dado blade in a table saw or a straight bit

in a table-mounted router, cut a groove 1" from

the bottom edge on the inside face of the Front

Rail (52). The groove should be 3/8" deep, and its

width should match the thickness of the Cabinet

Top (53).

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36
8

28
37

36

29

37

47

47

Fig. 11 - Attaching Cabinet Verticals


13. Apply glue in the groove and position the Front

Rail (52) so that the front edge of the Cabinet

Top (53) is fully seated in the groove and the rail

is flush with the Cabinet Sides (49). Secure the

Front Rail (52) with 112" Finish Nails (42) or brads

driven through the Cabinet Sides (49).
14. Apply glue to the rear face and bottom edge of the

Rear Rail (54) and position it against the Cabinet

Back (56) at the top of the cabinet. Secure the Rear

Rail (54) with 2" Finish Nails (43) or brads driven

through the Cabinet Sides (49).
15. Repeat Steps 7-14 for the other Cabinet Side (49).
16. Apply Veneer Edge Banding (48) to exposed

plywood edges, including front edges of Adjustable

Shelves (55). Trim excess.

Build the Drawers


1.



Using a dado blade in a table saw or a straight bit


in a table-mounted router, cut a 1/4" wide x 1/4"
deep groove 1/2" up from the bottom edge in all of
the Drawer Fronts (64), Drawer Sides (65) and
Drawer Backs (66).

2.




After adjusting the dado setup or switching bits,


cut a 1/2" wide x 1/4" deep dado in each Drawer
Side (65) 1/4" in from the back edge. Make sure
that the dadoes are cut on the same face as the
grooves you cut in Step 1 and that you make
mirror-image pairs of Drawer Sides (65).

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3.





Using a drawer lock router bit (22637, sold


separately), rout the interlocking profiles at the
front of the Drawer Sides (65) and in the Drawer
Fronts (64). Make sure that the cuts are made on
the same face as the grooves you cut in Step 1 and
that you make mirror-image pairs of Drawer
Sides (65).

4. For each drawer, apply glue to the dadoes and the



interlocking joints, but not to the grooves for the

Drawer Bottom (67).
5.




Insert the Drawer Back (66) in the dadoes in the


Drawer Sides (65); slide the Drawer Bottom (67)
in the dry grooves; and position the Drawer
Front (64) so that the joints interlock and the
groove fits over the Drawer Bottom (67).
Clamp the assembly.

6. Make sure each drawer is square by measuring



diagonally. Adjust as necessary.
7. Secure the Drawer Back (66) with 3/4" Finish Nails

or Brads (40) through the Drawer Sides (65).

Let glue cure overnight.

Finish All Pieces

1. Make sure all hardware has been removed from the



wooden components.
2. Fill all nails holes and sand all components.

15"
18"
28"

Fig. 12 - Attaching Bed Headboard

Attach the Cabinet Verticals


and the Bed Headboard
3. Apply finish of choice to visible areas of all pieces,

including moldings.

1. Position the Cabinet Verticals (8) on their front



edges with their hardware facing inward.

Assemble the Bed

2. Slide a Plastic Spacer (36) on the pivot bar of the



Male Metal Pivot (28) on each Cabinet Vertical (8).

Fig. 11.

1. After the wooden bed parts have been finished,



reinstall all hardware except for the Bed Stops (30)

and the Metal Pivoting Legs (31).
2. Position the assembly on the floor where you plan
to install the bed, first placing a blanket, rug or
other padding under the Bed Face Panel surface to
protect it from scratching.

3.



Install Mattress Supports


and Retaining Straps

4. Snap the provided "E" Clips (37) in the grooves of



both pivot bars. Fig. 11.

1. Position the Mattress Supports (14) side by side on



the slats of the inner bed frame.
2. Drill pilot holes and attach with 114" Coarse Thread

Screws (44). Do not use glue.
3. From each of the front corners, measure out 16" in

both directions and make marks.
4. At each mark, attach one end of a Mattress

Retaining Strap (47) with a 114" Coarse Thread

Screw (44).
5. Reinstall the Metal Pivoting Legs (31) and Leg

Support Rail (13).

Position the Cabinet Verticals (8) so that the pivot


bars go in the pivot holes in the assembled bed
frame. The ends of the pivot bars should protrude
through the pivot holes on the inside of the
bed frame.

5. From the back bottom edge of each Cabinet



Vertical (8), measure up 15" and make a mark.

Do the same at 18" and 28". Fig. 12.
6. Position the Bed Headboard (7) between the

Cabinet Verticals (8) with its bottom edge at the

15" marks and hold or clamp in place.
7. Drill pilot holes through each Cabinet Vertical (8)

into the Bed Headboard (7) at the 18" and 28"
marks.
8. Secure the Bed Headboard (7) to the Cabinet

Verticals (8) with 2" Coarse Thread Screws (46).

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Fig. 13 - Attaching Header

Attach the Header to the Cabinet Verticals


1. Carefully lift the assembled Cabinet Verticals (8)

and Bed Headboard (7) to upright.

1. Position the bed cabinet 2-3' from the wall to give



you enough room to work behind it.

2.


Position the Header Board (9) between the Cabinet


Verticals (8), making sure that the Rear Header
Rail (11) faces the back. Align so that the top
edges are flush and hold or clamp in place. Fig. 13.

2.


With your helper holding the bed cabinet, lift the


front of the bed frame so it pivots up into the
cabinet. Go about 3" beyond flush at the top.
Fig. 14.

3.



Working from above the cabinet, drill pilot holes for


four 114" Coarse Thread Screws (44) through the
Header Mounting Cleats (12) into the Cabinet
Verticals (8) at each end of the Header Board (9),
taking care not to drill all the way through.

3.





On each side, install a Gas Spring (32) by snapping


the ends onto the Bed Ball Stud Plate (27) on the
Bed Side Rail (3) and on the Vertical Ball Stud
Plate (26) on the Bed Cabinet Vertical (8). Be sure
to properly orient the Gas Springs by noting the
location of the labels reading, Mount this end up.
Fig. 14.

4. Attach the Header Board (9) with 114" Coarse



Thread Screws (44).

Install the Gas Springs


The bed mechanism uses stored mechanical energy and
can cause serious injury if improperly handled. You will
need a helper to complete this step.

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4. With your helper holding the bed cabinet and you



working from behind the cabinet, push the top of

the bed out 4" or 5" and reattach the Bed Stops (30).

5.


Carefully let the bed frame return to the vertical


position. Once the Gas Springs (32) are installed,
the bed frame will not stay down without the
weight of the mattress.

3"

Install Handles and Pulls


It will be easiest to install the handles and pulls before
you attach the bed cabinet to the wall.
1. Working from behind the cabinet with the bed in

the closed position, remove the Retaining

Straps (47) and Mattress Supports (14).
2. Working from the front, determine and mark the

locations for holes for the bolts that will secure

the decorative hardware.
3. Drill the holes for and install the hardware.
4. Reinstall the Mattress Supports (14) and

Retaining Straps (47).

Mount the Bed Cabinet to the wall


The bed MUST be securely anchored to the wall to
operate properly.
1. Make sure the cabinet will be able to sit flush

against the wall.
2.


Position the cabinet against the wall. Center the bed


frame in the cabinet opening by placing a folded
piece of cardboard between the bed frame and the
Cabinet Vertical (8) on each side near the top.

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3. Securely attach the bed cabinet to the wall using



one of the following methods. You will need to use

at least three screws to secure the cabinet.

For walls with wood studs:
A. Use a stud finder to locate and mark the centers
of at least three studs.
B. Drill pilot holes through the Rear Header
Rail (11) at these locations for 3" screws
or lag screws.

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C. Attach securely with screws.



For walls with metal studs:
A. Use a stud finder to locate and mark the centers
of at least three studs.

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B. Drill 1/4" holes through the Rear Header


Rail (11) and into the wall at these locations.
C. Move the bed cabinet away from the wall.

Fig. 14 - Installing Gas Springs

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1/8"

23

24

Use 1/2" x 3/4"


round-over bit
1/8"

Use 1/2" x 5/8"


cove bit

Attach Side Cabinets


1. Move the Side Cabinets into place on either side

of the bed cabinet, making sure they're tight

against the wall.
2.


Drill two sets of two pilot holes for 114" Coarse


Thread Screws (44) from each side cabinet into the
bed cabinet, one set toward the top and one inside
the cavity where the drawers will be installed.

3. Attach each side cabinet to the bed cabinet with



screws. (Use black finish washers for a more

polished look.)
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22

59
60

Use 1/2" x
1/2"
5/8" cove bit

The profiles for the moldings and crowns were routed


with a 1/2" radius x 3/4" high round-over bit and a
1/2" radius x 5/8" high cove bit available as a set
(26318, sold separately). The crown profile was
achieved by switching out the guide bushing on the
round-over bit with the smaller guide bushing from
the cove bit. Fig. 15.
1.






Obtain final measurements of the Bed Top


Side (21), Bed Top Front (22), Top Side (57),
Top Front (58), Bottom Side (59) and Bottom
Front (60) moldings by fitting the pieces to the
cabinets and marking locations for miter cuts.
Remember that the side cabinets will be mirror
images of each other, so be sure to cut the miters at
the correct ends of your stock.

2.





Position the Bed Top Front Molding (22) so that


theres a uniform 1/2" reveal of the Front Header
Rail (10) at the bottom. Clamp in place. Working
from above the case, drill pilot holes through the
Front Header Rail (10) into the Bed Top Front
Molding (22) and secure with 114" Coarse
Thread Screws (44).


For concrete, mortar or brick walls:
A. Drill three evenly spaced 3/16" through holes
in the Rear Header Rail (11).

3.


Position the Bed Top Side Moldings (21) so that


they are level and their miters fit snugly with those
of the Bed Top Front Molding (22). Do not glue the
miters (to allow for moving the unit).

B. W ith a 4"-long 5/32" diameter concrete drill bit,


use the through holes in the Rear Header
Rail (11) to drill pilot holes 2" into the wall.

C. Attach securely with 3/16" x 214"
masonry screws.

4.



Working from above the case, drill pilot holes


through the Header Mounting Cleats (12) and
Bed Cabinet Verticals (8) into the Bed Top Side
Moldings (21) and secure with 2" Coarse
Thread Screws (46).

4.


5.



Obtain final measurements for the Bed Side and


Bed Front Crowns (23 and 24), marking locations
for miter cuts. There should be a uniform 1/8"
reveal of the bottom shoulder along the length of
the Crown pieces. Cut pieces to final size.

Fig. 15 - Molding and Crown Profile


D. Use a 9/16" drill bit to widen and extend the pilot
holes, being sure to drill through the metal studs.
E. Insert toggle bolt screws in the holes in the Rear
Header Rail (11) and thread on the toggle wings.
F. Reposition the bed cabinet against the wall,
carefully inserting the toggle bolts into the pilot
holes and pushing the bolts in.
G. T ighten the toggle bolts until the cabinet is
secure to the wall.

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Install the Moldings and Crowns

If the gap between the bed frame and the Cabinet


Verticals is uneven, push or gently kick the
Cabinet Vertical at the bottom on the side
with the largest gap.

6.



Position the Bed Front Crown (24) on top of the


Bed Top Front Molding (22), ensuring the uniform
reveal. Secure by driving 112" Finish Nails (42) or
brads through the Bed Front Crown (24) into the
Bed Top Front Molding (22) from above.

7.


Position the Bed Side Crowns (23) so that their


miters fit snugly with those of the Bed Front
Crown (24) and the reveals are correct.
Do not glue the miters.

8. Secure from above with 112" Finish Nails (42)



or brads.
9.





Moving on to one of the side cabinets, position


the Top Front Molding (57) so that theres a
uniform 1/2" reveal of the Front Rail (52) at the
bottom. Clamp in place. Working from above the
case, drill pilot holes through the Front Rail (52)
and into the Top Front Molding (58) and secure
with 114" Coarse Thread Screws (44).

10. Apply glue to the miter joint. Position the Top Side

Molding (57) so that it is level and the miters fit

snugly. Wipe off any excess glue.
11. Working from above the case, drill pilot holes

through the Cabinet Side (49) and into the Top

Side Molding (57) and secure with 114" Coarse

Thread Screws (44).
12. Position the Bottom Front Molding (60). Secure

to the front edges of the Cabinet Sides (49) with
112" Finish Nails (42).
13. Apply glue to the miter joint. Position the Bottom

Side Molding (59) so that its miter fits snugly with

that of the Bottom Front Molding (60). Wipe off

any excess glue.

Secure by driving 112" Finish Nails (42) or brads


through the Front Crown (62) into the Top Front
Molding (58) from above.

17. Apply glue to the miter joints. Position the Side



Crown (61) so that its miter fits snugly with that

of the Front Crown (62) and the reveals are

correct. Wipe off any excess glue.
18. Secure by driving 112" Finish Nails (42) or brads

through the Front Crown (62) into the Top Front

Molding (58) from above.
19. Repeat Steps 9-18 for other side cabinet.

Install the Bed Toe Kick Molding


1. With the bed in the closed position, place the

Bed Toe Kick Molding (25) between the bed

Cabinet Verticals (8).
2. Align the Bed Toe Kick Molding (25) with the

front edges of the Cabinet Verticals (8).

Install the Slides and Drawers


1. Select 12" drawer slides of your choice. The drawers

in this plan were sized for Rockler Centerline

Lifetime Series 757 side-mount slides.
2. Install slides according to the

manufacturers instructions.

Attention Rockler Plan User

Before starting, please read the plan completely. Check


Rockler.com for updates that may not be included on this
copy. If you have further questions, please contact our
Technical Support Department, 1-800-260-9663 or
support@rockler.com

14. Secure the Bottom Side Molding (59) to the



Cabinet Side (49) with 114" Finish Nails (41).
15. Obtain final measurements for the Crown

pieces (61, 62). As with the bed cabinet, there

should be a uniform 1/8" reveal of the bottom

shoulder along the length of the Crown pieces.

Cut pieces to final size. Remember that the side

cabinets will be mirror images of each other, so

be sure to cut the miters at the correct ends

of your stock.
16. Position the Front Crown (62) on top of the Top

Front Molding (58), ensuring the uniform reveal.

Rev 11/13
Distributed by Rockler Companies, Inc.
2013 Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

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Shop Drawings

Deluxe Full Size Murphy Bed Plan

212"
334"

1/2"
112"
Drill a 1/4"
through hole

9"

178"

Drill a 1" through hole

212"

278" radius

Drill 5/8" diameter x 1/2" deep

318"